When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine

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Posted on April 17, 2011 - 11:55am by Anonymous.

A fascinating article on why baby boys no longer wear dresses.

Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress

Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party shoes complete the ensemble.

We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin’s outfit was considered gender-neutral.

For centuries, all children wore dainty white dresses up to age 6.
“What was once a matter of practicality—you dress your baby in white dresses and diapers; white cotton can be bleached—became a matter of
‘Oh my God, if I dress my baby in the wrong thing, they’ll grow up
perverted,’"

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/When-Did-Girls-Start-Wearing-Pink.html#ixzz1JnhuG6DV

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